Coffee walnut cupcakes with mocha butter frosting

I'm baking early for Mother's Day .....

Remember my early Valentine's offering ? 

Nah ! 

That's just an excuse so that I can consume copious amount of butter and sugar ....

Hey ! I seldom make frosting ! 

I just can't call it cupcake without a frosting  -____- ''

Though my cupcakes look a bit like muffin with those cracks and bumps on top *sigh* 

The best thing about frosting is that it hides those imperfections and nobody will see what's underneath er except me and the rest of you , lurkers ? lol 

Oh ! Don't worry about the butter and sugar , it's not as if you're always making it weekly ......

Hmmmmm ... maybe I'll try another frosting recipe next week ?!  

Want to see more cupcakes ? 

Check out the Bake-Along event hosted by the trio of foodielicious ladies . It's their 2nd Birthday this year . And what better way to celebrate the occasion than baking cupcakes ? So , do check it out and if you want to join , just contact either Joyce Lena  and Zoe

Recipe adapted from Leiths Baking Bible

Makes 12 

115 grams butter , softened ( I used 100 grams )
115 grams caster sugar ( 100 grams )
2 eggs , at room temperature , beaten 
115 grams self-raising flour
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules ( instant espresso )
1/4 tsp vanilla essence ( 1/2 tsp )
1 tsp coffee paste
55 grams walnuts , chopped

* Preheat oven to 180°C . Prepare 12 muffin liners and set aside . 

* In a large bowl , using an electric mixer , beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy . Beat in eggs a little at a time and scraping the sides of the bowl from time to time . Fold in the flour , coffee . walnuts and vanilla ; add a little water if necessary to make a soft dropping consistency . 

* Pour mixture in the prepared liners , about 2/3 . Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean . Leave to cool on a wire rack . 

For the mocha butter frosting :

This frosting is enough for 6 cupcakes 

55 grams butter 
115 grams icing sugar 
1 tsp cocoa powder 
1 tsp instant coffee granules 
1 tbsp boiling water 

* Mix cocoa powder , coffee and water in a small bowl , allow to cool until lukewarm .

* Beat butter until soft and gradually add in the icing sugar , scraping the sides of the bowl from time to time . Add the cocoa-coffee mixture and beat until well incorporated . Pipe on top of each cooled cupcake .     

This post is linked to the Bake-Along blog hop event hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours , Lena of Frozen Wings and Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids



  1. Nice, and it's my favorite flavour and i am a mum, so can i help myself? :)

  2. Anne, these are nice! It's definitely not just for Mother's's more like for every each day:)

  3. Hi Anne,
    Your cupcakes looks lovely with the perfect swirl! Another coffee cake? I should make one too, seeing all your coffee yummies, makes me realized that it has been ages since I last use coffee in my cakes! I never knew about this cookbook, now I am so going to find out about this book! LOL!
    Thank you for baking along with us!
    Have a great and delicious weekend!

  4. Hi! Anne
    your cupcake look so delicious.. :) love mocha, I wanna try this soon:)

  5. hey anne, your piping is good, beautiful swirls! i know they must hv tasted great..must be very coffee-y..haha....when is mother's day? thanks for baking along with us, anne! have a happy weekend!

  6. They look amazingly good! I don't see cracks, what I am seeing is the beautifully done mocha icing.



  8. Very pretty cupcake liners and your swirls are very nice too.

  9. Perfect cupcakes, Anne. Love those sexy swirls :-)

  10. Hi Anne! The cup cakes look yummy... Your mother must be very happy!

  11. Your cupcakes look fantastic, Anne! And I love the flavor profile...mocha with walnut sounds excellent! Perfect for the anniversary celebration :)

  12. Aw!! These cupcakes are SO cute! With the coffee in it, it's my perfect breakfast ;)

  13. Oh That looks so yummy! A lovely excuse to eat more frosting huh! I have those pretty liners too:D

  14. Hi Anne,

    Honestly, I like eating cupcakes too without the frosting... but cupcakes without any frosting doesn't have a lot of its pretty or girly factor... hee hee

    Of course, yours with nicely piped coffee frosting are very pretty. Yours with the coloured sprinkles are very very girly... Sweet!


  15. Where are the cracks, Anne? I was laughing at your comment about how the cream hides all the imperfection on the cupcake. I totally agree on that! Love your coffee cupcakes.

  16. Hi Anne, glad to know you through Bake Along! I'm a huge fan of coffee cakes, yours look really delicious! And your piping skills' really great!

  17. Those are lovely cupcakes and the frosting are very pretty! Can't wait to try some :)

  18. yes totally agree w u. with the total "makeover" for the cupcakes, they will looked absolutely different..hehehe.. well, guess its sinful sometimes to eat e they do tasted very well, a great combi with the cupcakes...:-p

  19. Anne, I have also bookmarked this recipe to try - supposedly for last weekend but got too busy, so am aiming to do this THIS week! Your cupcakes look so pretty. I'm lazy to make frosting though :P

  20. These looks the right proportion of cake and cream!

  21. Hi Anne, love your cute cupcake and your piping skill is very good. My favorite coffee walnut combination, think I need at least 4 cupcake to filled my stomach.LOL

  22. Happy belated Mother's Day Anne!

    Your lovely cupcakes are so pretty. Love the swirl on top!
    How I wish I can have one.:)


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